The RNLI is separate from the Coastguard, independent of the Government and relies on volunteers and supporters to run our lifesaving service. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things are at the heart of the RNLI and trained volunteers are at the centre of RNLI lifesaving around our coast.

About the Organisation

Calshot Lifeboat Station is located on Calshot Spit on the southern bank of the open end of Southampton Water. It is within the area of Calshot Activities Centre, close to the village of Calshot in Hampshire on the south coast of England.

The station is owned and operated by the RNLI and currently operates two inshore lifeboats. They are an Atlantic 85 called Max Walls (B-860) and a D-class (IB1) called RNLB Willett (D-748).


In the 1960’s after the RAF had left Calshot, Hampshire County Council opened an Education Sea and Land based Activities Centre.  The centre was constantly being asked by HM coastguard to rescue people off shore. The warden at the centre was Col. Philip Keymer, who contacted the RNLI, and as a direct result, and after a years evaluation, Calshot became a lifeboat station in 1970.  Col. Keymer became the first Honorary Secretary of the station.Contacts

Calshot Activities Centre

RNLI Calshot is within the vicinity of Calshot Activities Centre which offers a wide range of exciting water and land-based activities. There is a Café/Bar on the site with a good range of refreshments including Breakfast, Lunch or Supper, tea, coffee and soft drinks. 

If you are a regular visitor to Calshot or user of the Centre, you may consider it worthwhile purchasing an annual parking permit from the Activities Centre.

Contact Us

Calshot Lifeboat Station
Calshot Activity Centre 
SO45 1BR

Visitor Contact Numbers:

Telephone: 023 8089 3509
Mobile: 07748 078873

Visiting Times by Appointment Only

For information email: calshot@rnli.org.uk

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